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Gender: M Meaning of Claude: "lame" Origin of Claude: French from Latin

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Claude is a soft-spoken French name that conjures up the pastel colors of Monet and harmonies of Debussy. In France, it is used for girls as well, in fact in the Tracy Chevalier novel Lady and the Unicorn, the protagonist is a female Claude.

Claudes have appeared in such iconic movies as "Chinatown" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Actor Simon Baker has a son named Claude Blue.

A French classic, Claude was also a top 100 name in the U.S. until 1922.

The attractive Italian version Claudio is occasionally heard in this country, and Claudius is the original Latin--which could be restored in the current Latin-loving climate.

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Famous People Named Claude

Claude Monet - French impressionist painter
Claude Debussy - French composer
Claude Kelly - American singer-songwriter
Claude Rains - English actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Claude

Claude Gianni, Ray's best friend on Everybody Loves Raymond (he was known as just Gianni)

Archdeacon Don Claude Frollo, the tragic anti-hero from Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Claude's International Variations

Claud, Claudiu, Claudian, Claudien (French) Claudius (German) Claudios (Greek) Kolos (Hungarian) Klaudiusz (Polish) Klavdii (Russian) Claudicio, Glaudio, Clavio, Cladio, Claudio (Spanish)